Spike in Positive COVID-19 Cases; Two New Deaths

By Steven Zimmerman

SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – Two new deaths and 151 new cases reported Countywide. In San Elizario, in zip code 79849, we have five new cases.

Spikes like these are going to become more frequent. As we begin to reopen the County of El Paso, and rush outside to visit stores, friends, and malls, we are going to see more and more people test positive for COVID-19.

“Today, we have seen a dramatic spike in positive cases, this is due in large part to the increased testing throughout the county,” says Dr Ocaranza.

Testing still remains low. Within the State of Texas, we have managed to only test 2.1% of the population. In El Paso, even with increased testing capabilities, we’ve managed to test 1.9% of the County populations.

We need to be conscious of where we are going, what we are doing and who we are seeing. Remember, the age group with the highest number of positive COVID cases are people in their 20s at 297 cases, 30’s at 289 cases and 40s at 269. People in their 50s follow with 264.


7 Active Cases within San Elizario City limits

16 Recoveries in San Elizario 

31 Total Diagnosed within zip code 79849 (an increase of five)

43 Deaths reported in El Paso County (increase of two)

1,607 Total Number of Diagnosed Cases

735 Currently Under Monitoring (increase reported)

151 Newly diagnosed cases countywide (spike)

793 total number of recovered cases

771 total active cases in El Paso County

2,483 total tests given by the Dept. of Public Health Lab. 60 tests administered/reported in the last twenty-four hours by the City/County of El Paso. 15,700 administered in total, countywide. 


Rogelio Sanchez Unit (reports an increase in numbers)

The Rogelio Sanchez State Jail is reporting thirty-four (34) positive cases among their inmate population – this is an increase of five. There are 153 inmates in the unit who are on medical restriction, while thirty-six (36) are in medical isolation. It’s unclear if those on restriction or in medical isolation will be tested as the TDCJ only reports that two (2) inmates are awaiting test results.

El Paso County Detention System (no cases)

No cases reported as of May 14, 2020.

FCI/FSL/FPC La Tuna (remains the same)

Within the three facilities that make up La Tuna, continues to report only one confirmed case of COVID-19 among staff and no cases among the inmate population.

Juvenile Detention Facility (no response)

The Juvenile Detention Facility and the Juvenile Probation Department refuses to respond to San Eli News.

Otero County Prison Facility (remains the same for ICE. BOP reports an increase)

On the ICE side, there are seven (7) detainees who are positive with COVID-19. This number has decreased by twelve.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports two (2) inmate on the BOP side of Otero as testing positive for COVID-19.

El Paso Processing Center (remains the same)

The El Paso Processing Center continues to show ten (10) detainees who have tested positive. This number has increased by two.

Press Releases from the City of El Paso:

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